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Refugee Travel Ban Causes Divided Reactions

Trump signs travel ban executive order

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Trump signs travel ban executive order

Reagan White, Staff Writer

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President Trump has ordered a controversial executive order to temporarily ban citizens from seven primarily-Islamic countries from entering the United States. These countries include Syria, Iraq, Libya, and Yemen, who have areas of their countries that are ISIS controlled. The ban also suspends refugees from entering the country for 120 days. 72 percent of refugees come from these seven countries. A Reuters poll asked Americans if they “somewhat” or “strongly” agreed or disagreed with the travel ban. The poll found that 49 percent approved of the travel ban, and only 41 percent disagreed. Although that poll shows the majority of the United States approving the travel ban, the executive order has caused a burst of outrage in many, even causing violence. Protests erupted worldwide after the executive order was released. Berlin, Paris, and Sydney saw around 1,000 protesters at their rallies. Many of these protesters have called President Trump an “Islamophobe” for rejecting incoming refugees from entering the United States. Although the travel ban seems to be a new concept, President Obama had issued an order to halt refugee entrance from Iraq for a six-month time span in 2011. The difference between these orders is the amount of backlash that President Trump has received compared to
the reaction to President Obama, even though the orders were very similar.
The travel ban has also been called “unconstitutional.” However, in 1950, according to LA Times, the Supreme Court said, “The exclusion of aliens is a fundamental act of sovereignty… inherent in the executive power.” The LA Times also states that Congress said in a provision in 1952 that the President “May by proclamation and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens and any class of aliens as immigrants or non-immigrants” when the President feels it “would be detrimental to the interests of the United States.” The travel ban has been temporarily halted because a Seattle federal judge suspended it. The Trump Administration is optimistic, though, to reinstate the ban soon. Many see the travel ban as inappropriate and discriminatory to Muslims, but others see it important to the United States’ safety that the travel ban is implemented once again.

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